Box made from Shakespeare commemorative medal of 1816. Item 4221.This bronze medal was issued in 1816, to commemorate the bicentenary of William Shakespeare’s death. After its issue, the medal had been split in half, with both pieces now forming the lid and base of a brass box. The two pieces are each set in a half of the box and both are backed with a thin sheet of steel. The inside of the box appears to have been silvered originally, but much of it has now worn away. It was probably made as a snuff box, which would have been a good talking point as it was passed around the owners friends. It has a diameter of 47 mm (1.75 inches) and a thickness of 14mm (just over 1/2 an inch). It is in very good condition.